Job Losses at Amazon Contract-Delivery Companies in Greater Seattle Now Exceed 600

An Everett firm is the latest to shed jobs as the Seattle e-commerce giant shifts its final-mile delivery strategy
Updated: Wed, 02/26/2020 - 14:28
 
 
  • An Everett firm is the latest to shed jobs as the Seattle e-commerce giant shifts its final-mile delivery strategy

Another Amazon contract-delivery company, Dash Delivery LLC in Everett, is the latest casualty of the e-commerce giant’s decision to restructure its delivery services, according to a WARN Act notice filed by the company.

Dash Delivery plans to lay off 106 workers permanently, effective April 23, as part of a company closure, according to the regulatory filing. The company employees affected by the layoffs are in King and Snohomish counties.

The job-loss impact in the greater Seattle resulting from e-commerce giant Amazon’s decision earlier this year to move to one-day Prime delivery and expand its home-grown Delivery Service Partner program now totals at least some 608 workers across three logistics companies serving the area.

Like Dash Delivery, Transportation Brokerage Specialists Inc. (TBS), based in Costa Mesa, California, and Kent-based Delivery Force Corp. each have recently filed WARN Act notices with the state of Washington indicating they will be permanently laying off workers in greater Seattle effective in April. Delivery Force’s job cuts in King and Snohomish counties will total 272 employees while TBS indicates it will be laying off a total of 230 employees in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

An Amazon spokeswoman told the media that the company expects there to be few if any jobs lost overall because drivers laid off as a result of Amazon shedding contract-delivery companies will be able to move to delivery-driver roles through Amazon’s ramped-up Delivery Service Partner program.

The WARN Act requires employers with 100 or more workers to notify workers 60 days prior to any closure or layoffs. Companies also must provide written notice to the Washington’s Employment Security Department and the top elected official in the community where the layoff or closure is occurring.

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